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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 8.8oz
    Women: 7.1oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Rankings

Expert Reviews

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74 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 | Solereview

    The tongue moves around a lot, which also needs some breaking in.

  • 55 / 100 | Doctors of Running

    My only complaint is that the laces are a bit short. Other than that I have to give Brooks major props to the updates to the Purecadence 4's upper.

  • 96 / 100 | Running Haven

    Great for heel strikers, forefoot-foot landers, and everyone in between, Brooks nails it with this update!

  • 90 / 100 | Run And Become

    With the Cadence 4 the transition was very easy and quick and they suited my feet completely from the beginning.

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Updates to Brooks PureCadence 4

  • The 4th version of the Brooks PureCadence is created to keep the foot running freely while also balancing it and preventing it from succumbing to discomfort and disarray. A form-fitting cover system makes sure to keep it protected at all times. The mid-foot area has an elastic band that supports the curve of the arch. The runner gets a connected feeling that feels as if they’re one with the shoe.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a mesh material that’s durable and secure. It is able to accommodate airflow, keeping the interior cool and dry at all times, which is helpful when it comes to tackling long-term running sessions. The overlay system is fused directly to the fabric, providing a secure fit while maintaining a lightweight frame.
  • The mid-sole unit of the Brooks PureCadence 4 uses the BioMoGo DNA foam, which is created using biodegradable materials. It’s durable, though, so it stays efficient even after many uses. The foam mimics the contours of the underfoot, essentially providing contoured support to the wearer. The IDEAL HEEL design reduces pressure during the striking phase of the gait cycle.
  • The big toe of the sole unit has been separated from the rest, which gives the runner more capability to flex their feet and gain balance naturally. The toe-off becomes more enabled, as well, because the platform is also very flexible. Durable rubber covers the contact points of the sole unit, protecting them from abrasion.

Brooks PureCadence 4 size and fit

The Brooks PureCadence 4 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements for men and women. The available width is medium, so it is able to accommodate those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curve of the human foot, thus allowing the runner to acclimate well to it when wearing it.


Outsole

Durable rubber covers the sections of the sole unit that serve as contact points to the ground. It protects them from the potentially harmful effects of continued use and surface friction. It also provides reliable traction for better surface control.

Flex grooves allow the runner to be more flexible. These flex grooves can also be found in the outsole of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19.  The toe-off benefits from this outsole the most because it is where the foot bends the most.

The TOE FLEX sole unit uses an isolated big toe area, which encourages natural foot stability, as well as efficiency during the toe off.


Midsole

The mid-sole unit uses the BioMoGo DNA, which is also found in the latest PureCadence 7, is the compaction of two technologies that work to provide comfort, protection and support to the foot. It is made from biodegradable materials, which is great for the environment-conscious runners. It follows the shape of the wearer’s underfoot, providing it with contoured support that lasts.

The IDEAL HEEL design uses an inverted heel construction, which reduces stress and pressure during the foot strike. It essentially makes the landings less taxing to the foot.


Upper

Breathable mesh makes up the main cover system of the Brooks PureCadence 4. It’s comfortable and secure. Its open construction allows the foot to feel the air as it enters the interior to keep it cool and dry.

A glove-like feel can be appreciated due to its seamless construction, and it enables the wearer to use this shoe even without donning socks.

The NAV BAND is an elastic unit placed in the mid-foot area. It keeps the foot in place by wrapping around it in a snug manner. It also lifts the upper fabric in order to include the arch when it secures the foot.

The overlays are fused directly to the upper fabric. It doesn’t add any weight or limit the natural movement of the runner.


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